Germany’s World Cup winning captain and manager Franz Beckenbauer, nine-time Olympic champion swimmer Mark Spitz and cricket legend Steve Waugh will be amongst a host of sporting legends gracing the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco on February 18.
Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick will lead a glittering collection of his fellow members at the awards ceremony, including no fewer than 20 Olympic and Paralympic gold medal winners, five FIFA World Cup winners and world champions from a variety of sports.
Former Australian captain Waugh will be the sole cricketer present on the occasion as an Academy member.
Laureus Academy members who will be in Monaco are:
Football: Franz Beckenbauer, Cafu, Marcel Desailly, Luis Figo, Carles Puyol, Alessandro Del Piero;
Athletics: Sergey Bubka, Cathy Freeman, Tegla Loroupe, Edwin Moses, Nawal El Moutawakel, Daley Thompson;
Rugby: Sean Fitzpatrick, Morné du Plessis, Hugo Porta;
Golf: Lorena Ochoa; Tennis: Boris Becker, Li Na, Monica Seles; Cycling: Fabian Cancellara, Chris Hoy;
Gymnastics: Nadia Comaneci, Alexey Nemov, Li Xiaopeng; Boxing: Marvelous Marvin Hagler
Skateboarding: Tony Hawk; Motor Sport: Giacomo Agostini, Mick Doohan, Emerson Fittipaldi;
Rowing: Steve Redgrave; American Football: Marcus Allen; Table Tennis: Deng Yaping;
Swimming: Dawn Fraser, Mark Spitz; Paralympic Sport: Tanni Grey-Thompson;
Winter Sport: Maria Höfl-Riesch, Franz Klammer, Katarina Witt, Yang Yang;
Cricket: Steve Waugh